Minick appointed to Knox council

Knox Borough Mayor Rich Cochran administered the oath of office to Knox BoroughÂ’s newest council member, Grace Minick, during the July 6 meeting of the panel. Minick replaces Carl Salser, who resigned last month.

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By a narrow 3-2 margin, Knox Borough Council July 7 appointed Grace Minick to fill an vacant seat on the panel.

Minick replaces Carl Salser who resigned last month without providing a reason for stepping down.

Voting in favor of Minick's appointment were Jack Bish Jr., Bud Price and Tom Goble.

Caleb Gilliland and Linda Runyan were opposed. Bill Henry was absent for the meeting until later in the evening.

Minick, a Republican, and Bernie Ruth submitted letters of interest in the vacant seat but only Minick attended the July 6 meeting.

Goble initially said he would abstain from the vote because Minick is a Knox Borough auditor.

Borough code prohibits a person from holding two elected offices. Minick said she will submit a formal letter of resignation from the auditor position but verbally resigned during the meeting.

Minick's term will expire at the end of the year. Bish, council president, said as there is a vacancy on the Republican side of the ballot for the general election, he will petition the Clarion County GOP to have Minick's name added to the ballot.

In another personnel matter, Gilliand, chair of the police committee, said that committee wants to continue for another month to seek applications for a police officer.

"I met with (committee members Runyan and Price) and Chief (Nicole) Bauer and we had some candidate interviews," said Gilliland. "We want to make sure we get this right so we're suggesting a continued search."

Water line replacement project

Marty English of The EADS Group told council the window of applying for additional PennVEST funding for lead abatement projects will close soon.

Knox Borough Council is considering applying for about $2.5 million in grant funding from PennVEST.

English said "word has got out" about the lead abatement grant money and a possible second round of the funding.

"They want to spread that money around as much as possible so the next round might come as a combination of grant and loan," said English. "You will have decide if you want to pursue this if part of it comes back as a loan."

In other business, council:

4Agreed to send a letter of thanks to Swartfager Welding for its volunteer assistance on repairs made at the sewerage treatment plant.

"They have been a gracious community member in helping us with some issues a number of times," said Goble.

4Was advised by borough secretary Sharon Heeter that all paperwork for the American Rescue Act/CARES grant has been submitted. The borough is scheduled to receive $111,891 over a two-year span.

4Mayor Rich Cochran said the Knox Volunteer Fire Department anticipates the delivery of its new tanker truck in the near future.

Cochran also noted the recent July 3 boot drive and hot sausage sandwich sale was a success. Cochran did not have a final tally but thanked the community for its support and generosity.